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Is it worth it to buy a TV from USA and bring it back to Canada

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Is it worth it to buy a TV from USA and bring it back to Canada

Hello

I'm looking to buy a new TV and since there are many great deals popping up now anbd I live 30mins away from border. I was wondering if it's worth it to buy a TV from USA and bring it back to Canada.

I'm looking to buy a Samsung F7100 55inch.
Beside the standard taxes, is there any duties involved?


Thanks in advance
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5% duty
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Would warranty issues be a concern for you?
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Warranty not really.
I have hook ups locally if anything happens to it when I get it. I'll just swap with with a store.
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garlei wrote:
Nov 24th, 2013 6:33 pm
Warranty not really.
I have hook ups locally if anything happens to it when I get it. I'll just swap with with a store.
Swap the defective TV you bought from the US with a local store? Isn't that slightly fraud?
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^^ Awaits OP next thread if something goes wrong with the TV. Best Buy exchange policy sucks! LOL :lol:
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Always better to buy everything in the US. Why pay HST, eco scam fees and extortionist pricing?

Smart shoppers always buy American.
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theguru wrote:
Nov 24th, 2013 9:20 pm
Always better to buy everything in the US. Why pay HST, eco scam fees and extortionist pricing?

Smart shoppers always buy American.
Misinformed comment. HST payable at border. 100% chance to have to pay as the duty must be collected and HST paid at the same time.
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dutchca wrote:
Nov 25th, 2013 1:40 am
Misinformed comment. HST payable at border. 100% chance to have to pay as the duty must be collected and HST paid at the same time.
Misinformed comment. On paper it's 100% but in practice it's much lower, especially if it's a personal importation.
While I have no actual stats, I'd say my own personal stats are about 40% pay rates. Dollar values don't matter as I've been sent to pay $2 worth of GST and waived with $5k worth of goods on a 7 day.
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garlei wrote:
Nov 24th, 2013 5:52 pm
Hello

I'm looking to buy a new TV and since there are many great deals popping up now anbd I live 30mins away from border. I was wondering if it's worth it to buy a TV from USA and bring it back to Canada.

I'm looking to buy a Samsung F7100 55inch.
Beside the standard taxes, is there any duties involved?


Thanks in advance
Done this. In real life, they do not charge duties, so expect to pay 13% HST on importation for a same-day trip. Just keep in mind that you will pay 13% on the total value, which includes the US tax and shipping (if applicable).
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What's the difference in price between the two countries ?
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death_hawk wrote:
Nov 25th, 2013 3:09 am
Misinformed comment. On paper it's 100% but in practice it's much lower, especially if it's a personal importation.
While I have no actual stats, I'd say my own personal stats are about 40% pay rates. Dollar values don't matter as I've been sent to pay $2 worth of GST and waived with $5k worth of goods on a 7 day.
i can tell you something that big is 100% going to the special lane to pay HST...whether OP gets dinged with duty ...no idea.

If OP can fraudently change TVs in and out and perhaps get his friend legally charged for fraud...sure why not.

Talk to any TV report man...certain brands definitely have a higher rate of issues.
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thelefteyeguy wrote:
Nov 25th, 2013 9:25 am
i can tell you something that big is 100% going to the special lane to pay HST...whether OP gets dinged with duty ...no idea.

If OP can fraudently change TVs in and out and perhaps get his friend legally charged for fraud...sure why not.

Talk to any TV report man...certain brands definitely have a higher rate of issues.
I have no idea what you just said beyond the 1st line.
And no, it's not 100%. I've brought back a TV (among other things) on a 24 hour and have been waived.
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death_hawk wrote:
Nov 25th, 2013 3:09 am
Misinformed comment. On paper it's 100% but in practice it's much lower, especially if it's a personal importation.
While I have no actual stats, I'd say my own personal stats are about 40% pay rates. Dollar values don't matter as I've been sent to pay $2 worth of GST and waived with $5k worth of goods on a 7 day.
There isnt supposed to be discretion on duties. Taxes yes, but not duties.

Practice may be different but my comment was directed towards what is mandatory.
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